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Birmingham Sunlights

Birmingham Sunlights

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The Birmingham Sunlights developed their four-part a cappella style within the Church of Christ, where no musical instruments are permitted. Three brothers, James, Barry and Steve Taylor founded the group and are joined by Reginald Speights and Wayne Williams (replaced by current member Bill Graves) in performing well-known hymns as well as original pieces. Upon becoming aware of the rich Jefferson County gospel quartet tradition they sought training from a senior quartet, the Sterling Jubilees, to learn songs traditional to the area.

Besides appearing at numerous festivals across the nation, such as the National Folk Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts, the Sunlights have toured five countries in Africa and performed extensively in the Caribbean and Australia under the auspices of the U. S. Department of Information. Their recent dynamic performance on Garrison Keillor's American Radio Theater on National Public Radio won them many more fans across the nation. They recently performed in France as ambassadors of Alabama traditional culture.

"Angels' Watching Over Me" is a traditional song and original arrangement by the Birmingham Sunlights. Recorded by Steve Grauberger with sound mixing by Dan Gainey at the "In the Spirit" Concert at the Gadsden Alabama Amphitheater, May 13, 1995.

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Birmingham Sunlights : For Old Time's Sake : 00  1 CD :  : FF 70588

Birmingham Sunlights : For Old Time's Sake

Review: For three-quarters of a century the tradition of black a cappella quartet singing has been associated with Jefferson County, Alabama which many view as America's capital of gospel singing. Between university musical education and the tutelage of groups such as the Sterling Jubilees, Shelby County Big Four and the Four Eagles, the Sunlights have become the inheritors of this tradition. With that unusual background however, as you might suspect, they do not limit themselves to just traditional songs but compose new material to expand the field of gospel music. You'll also notice that there are five members in this quartet. The Soul Stirrers are credited with that innovation in order to have a lead 'step out front' without losing the quartet harmonic complexity. The Birmingham Sunlights are one of this reviewers favorites.

Songlist: Hallelujah, If You Miss Me, Gospel Train, Somewhere To Lay My Head, Jesus Gave Me Water, The Last Mile Of The Way, Southland Singing, Dig A Little Deeper, Roll, Jordan, Today, In The Garden, Take It To The Lord, Gotta Find My Way, It's Gonna Rain

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